DIY: My Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad) Cosplay

Update 6/15: The entire process is now an easy-to-follow Youtube video I made:

 

Update: Here are the pictures of the completed cosplay!

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For as long as I’ve been going to cons, I’ve vowed to never cosplay certain characters due to them being overdone. One on that list for me has always been Harley Quinn. As much as I loved Harley, I just didn’t want to be one Harley in a sea of Harleys, however with the new 52, Batman video games, and the highly anticipated Suicide Squad movie coming out in August, there are plenty of versions to choose from now. I’ve liked most, but as soon as I saw the Suicide Squad version, I fell in love and I knew that was my dream cosplay for the year!

This blog will be a DIY, but there are a few pieces I did not trust myself to make. One of those things were the spandex shorts – I didn’t want to walk around a con with shorts I “sewed” together with a hot glue gun. Another item I purchased was the shoes. I tried to make her heels on my own, and failed miserably. For every item that I ordered, I’ll put a link to the place I got them from so anyone else can find them as well since I’ve had a great experience with everyone. So now on to business…

The Shirt…

moviepilot.com

moviepilot.com

Needed:

Supplies!!!!

Supplies!!!!

  • White long sleeve shirt
  • Red fabric spray
  • Iron on transfer paper
  • Blue eye shadow
  • Black embroidery thread
  • Needle
  • Masking tape (or painters tape)
  • Cardboard (for under the shirt while spraying)
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  1. Start with your white shirt and cut the collar off to give your shirt that rough edge. Measure the sleeves to right around your elbows and cut them. You can also cut the bottom to make it more of a crop top to show off the ab tattoos we’ll create later.
  2. Using the iron on transfer paper, load the image provided (Daddy’s Lil Monster) into a word document and make sure you mirror (or flip) the image. If it’s not mirrored, then it will iron on backwards. Print the mirrored image and follow the directions to iron it onto your shirt.
    Don't forget to flip the image before printing!

    Don’t forget to flip the image before printing!

    Cut collar, bottom, and sleeves.

    Cut collar, bottom, and sleeves.

  3. After you’ve ironed the design on shirt and it’s cooled, place it on newspapers, or I used an old sheet, and tape the areas you don’t want to get red paint on. Tape the top portion and two stripes on each sleeve. I didn’t measure anything, I just used the pictures on Google as a reference.
    I used an old shirt to cover my iron on image.

    I used an old shirt to cover my iron on image.

    Tape up the sleeves

    Tape up the sleeves

  4. Follow the directions on the fabric spray and spray a few layers until you get the desired shade, letting the shirt dry completely in between coats (usually 5-20 minutes). When this is complete, turn the shirt over to tape and spray the back. Tip: if your tape isn’t 100% sealed, the paint will leak. This happened to mine, but I didn’t really mind since her shirt isn’t perfect either.
    My fabric spray of choice!

    My fabric spray of choice!

    2 coats done! I ended up doing 3 total to get the right shade.

    2 coats done! I ended up doing 3 total to get the right shade.

    Almost done!

    Almost done!

  5. So after the cutting, iron on transfer, and red paint, your next step is simple. Just use a little blue eye shadow to brush onto the sleeve around the red stripes. I chose to use eye shadow because it gave more of that powered look without being as dark or liquid looking as paint. The sleeve you put it on – it’s the left sleeve if you’re wearing the shirt.
    I used eye shadow from Claires!

    I used eye shadow from Claires!

    Small circular motion with the applicator.

    Small circular motion with the applicator.

    Just like the movie!!

    Just like the movie!!

  6. Only thing left is to make small cuts around the belly and use your black thread to make “X” stitches along the side better seen in this Empire magazine cover photo:
Empire Cover Photo

Empire Cover Photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Choker…

As seen in the above photo, her choker is a dog collar with gold letters that say “PUDDIN” on it. I did not want to invest the money in a personalized dog collar, but if you’d like to cut this step out, they are available on Amazon for around $20 or so. I chose to make mine.

Needed:

  • Old belt (preferably light colored)
  • Gold spray paint
  • Scissors
  • Wooden letters
  • Hot glue gun
  1. With an old belt, measure around your neck how much room you would need to be able to move your head around. If you make it too snug, you won’t be able to look up or down without popping the letters off. Cut the belt and add a small hole so you’re able to close it.

    My belt I used. I got it from a thrift store for $2.

    My belt I used. I got it from a thrift store for $2.

  2. Spray paint your belt and the wooden letters gold. For my belt, I blotted it after I sprayed it so that the belt and the letters would be slightly different shades of gold.

    Gold belt, next on to the letters!

    Gold belt, next on to the letters!

  3. Using your hot glue gun, close the belt and glue the letters in place. If you glue these on while the belt is flat, then they’ll pop off when you try to put it on.

    Done!

    Done!

 

The Purple Cuffs…

In the Empire magazine cover you can see a little of Harley’s purple snap cuffs. They are matching except for the words. One says “YES” and the other says “SIR”. I made these pretty quickly around the same time I made the collar since I used the same gold spray.

Needed:

  • Gold spray paint
  • Purple spray paint
  • Wooden letters
  • Hot glue gun
  • Leather snap bracelets (I purchased these from Hobby Lobby)
    Spray paint, letters, and leather snap bracelets!

    Spray paint, letters, and leather snap bracelets!

    I got these bracelets from Hobby Lobby in the leather crafting section.

    I got these bracelets from Hobby Lobby in the leather crafting section.

  1. Spray paint your letters gold, and spray paint the leather snap bracelets purple. I chose to spray the back of the bracelets too so I could make sure the sides were covered too.
    "YES SIR"

    “YES SIR”

    I did 2 quick coats front and back.

    I did 2 quick coats front and back.

  2. Make sure the bracelets are snapped closed as if they were being worn, then hot glue the letters on each one. If you hot glue them flat, the letters will pop off when you try to put them on.

    Cuffs and choker!

    Cuffs and choker!

 

The Gold Spiked Cuffs…

I couldn’t find enough supplies to do matching ones, so I bought one from the Vinted app (my favorite app in the whole world) and the other I made. Below are the directions for the one I made myself.

Needed:

  • Gold spray paint
  • Metal cuff (I used a bracelet from Goodwill)
  • Spikes (used for accessories, purchased from Hobby Lobby)
  • Hot glue gun
    Pink metal cuff bracelet from Goodwill, came in a baggie of random costume jewelry for $4!

    Pink metal cuff bracelet from Goodwill, came in a baggie of random costume jewelry for $4!

    Spikes from Hobby Lobby

    Spikes from Hobby Lobby

  1. Glue the spikes onto the bracelet with the hot glue gun.
  2. Spray paint the bracelet. You may need more than one coat. I used 2.
    Spray paint complete!

    Spray paint complete!

    Done!

    Done!

     

 

The Pigtails…

I really didn’t want to use a wig, since I hate wearing them. My hair is already platinum, so I didn’t need a wig anyway. I decided to use some of the extra extensions I have from when I had shorter hair and was cosplaying Elsa. If you need to use a wig, make sure you google directions on how to dye synthetic hair. If you try to color or apply heat to just any wig, it will damage it, and you won’t get the results you want.

Needed:

  • Hair Extensions (I used the Hairtensity ones from Sally Beauty Supply)
  • Extension sew in clips
  • Splat hair color in pink AND blue
  • Red AND blue ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Needle
  • Thread (can also be bought at Sallys)
  • Velcro circles
  • Curling Iron/Straightener (optional)
    The 2 colors I chose. I didn't use the lightener/bleach included because my extensions were already platinum.

    The 2 colors I chose. I didn’t use the lightener/bleach included because my extensions were already platinum.

    Hairtensity extensions from Sallys Beauty Supply!

    Hairtensity extensions from Sallys Beauty Supply!

  1. Measure how long you want the pigtails to be. I ended up cutting about 3 inches off of mine. Divide them into 2 pigtails and bind them with elastics to keep the color from running.

    Pigtails minus 3 inches off the bottom. Ready for a dye job!!

    Pigtails minus 3 inches off the bottom. Ready for a dye job!!

  2. Dye the extensions pink and blue. Follow the directions and make sure they’re completely dry before doing anything to them. I let mine dry over night because they were still damp after low hair drying and 2 hours of air drying.
    Pink!!!!!!!

    Pink!!!!!!!

    Blue!!!

    Blue!!!

    Dried completely before curling.

    Dried completely before curling.

  3. Once they’re dry, you can curl them if you want to. I used a straightener and then bobby pinned them until they reached a cool temperature, like pin curls.

    Curled and ready for the next step!

    Curled and ready for the next step!

  4. Gather the extensions and sew the tracks together to create a 2 inch strip (or however long it takes to wrap them around your hair without overlapping).

    Top sewn

    Top sewn

  5. Sew a single clip into the center of the track so that it moves like a hinge. This is going to hold the extension to your ponytail.

    Clip from Sallys

    Clip from Sallys

  6. Holding the extension in a curl at the track, sew red ribbon around one and blue around the other, leaving about a 1/2 inch of space at the end of each ribbon’s side.

    Hold like this when you glue it. Glue it so the ribbon sticks out a little or you'll see the stitching.

    Hold like this when you glue it. Glue it so the ribbon sticks out a little or you’ll see the stitching.

  7. At the ends where there is extra ribbon, attach velcro circles. This will make sure the clip secures it to your ponytail, and then the velcro keeps the elastic hidden.
    Velcro. So to wear it, you put your own hair in pigtails, then slip the clip in behind your elastic, then wrap the fake hair around your hair and velcro!

    Velcro. So to wear it, you put your own hair in pigtails, then slip the clip in behind your elastic, then wrap the fake hair around your hair and velcro!

    That's how it wraps around your pigtail.

    That’s how it wraps around your pigtail.

 

The Bat…

It’s actually not as easy to find a wood bat as I expected, and I wanted it to be easy to carry around a con all day. I am also super short, so I didn’t want to use an adult size since it might look awkward next to my 5ft frame. I chose to use a smaller size, but it’s up to you.

Needed:

  • Wood baseball bat (I used a wood youth tee ball bat, 25 inches)
  • Coarse sandpaper
  • 1 inch red letter stickers (I got mine in the mailbox letters section of Walmart)
  • Red, Black, Blue sharpies
  • Masking tape
    Bat from Walmart for about $10

    Bat from Walmart for about $10

    Comes with a ball, so I gave it to Ralph :)

    Comes with a ball, so I gave it to Ralph 🙂

  1. The bat I bought was black, so I had to sand the entire thing to get to that tan color. If your bat is already tan, then just use the sandpaper to remove any logos or writing.

    Sanded - took a while, but it came out awesome!

    Sanded – took a while, but it came out awesome!

  2. Starting from top to bottom, use the red 1 inch letter stickers to spell out “GOOD NIGHT” and outline each letter with a black sharpie for dimension.

    Not perfect, but I think it looks cool :)

    Not perfect, but I think it looks cool 🙂

  3. Using the masking tape, measure out a section under the letters for the blue diamond pattern. I personally did not measure this. Since my bat was smaller and thinner, I just eyeballed it and adjusted as I needed to. Up to you though.

    Guessed and colored with sharpies

    Guessed and colored with sharpies

  4. I also used the masking tape for the bottom portion where you hold it for looks.
  5. For the writing all over the bat, I researched and researched and I couldn’t find exactly what her bat said. It could very well be just jibberish and ramblings, so I looked up some great quotes from the animated series, comics, and the video games to add. I thought this would give it a nice well rounded representation of everything she appeared in. When I got to words like “puddin” or “blonde” or “hahaha”, I wrote those in red sharpie instead of black.
Writing on the bat!

Writing on the bat!

 

Tattoos…

For the face tattoos (“rotten” and a heart), I’m ok drawing those on as I go, but as far as the other tattoos such as “Lucky You” on the abs, I’m not confident in my writing upside down on myself abilities. I chose to go with temporary tattoos, but instead of ordering these, I made mine.

Needed:

  • Temporary Tattoo Paper (I used Silhouette, site to store pickup through Walmart)
  • Printer

    Tattoo paper, 2 sheet pack for about $7

    Tattoo paper, 2 sheet pack for about $7

  1. Using the graphic I found online, I printed the images. Make sure you mirror these like the iron on transfers, otherwise they will be backwards when you put them on. I’ve also included a video on how I learned to create these with my printer.

    Harley's Tattoos I used. I just googled and this popped up in images.

    Harley’s Tattoos I used. I just googled and this popped up in images.

Printed on tattoo paper, mirror imaged and ready to wear!

Printed on tattoo paper, mirror imaged and ready to wear!

 

The Belt…

Some people can use belts that you have around, but I didn’t have a studded belt. I also didn’t want to buy one brand new for $20 at Hot Topic just to cut it, so I made mine.

Needed:

  • Old belt (I just bought one from a thrift shop for $3)
  • Pyramid Studs (I purchased 3 packs of 100 from Hobby Lobby)
  • Cardboard
  • Gold spray paint
  • Velcro
  1. Using an old belt, or a purchased one in my case, cut off the belt buckle and measure it to just go around your hips (not your waist) where the spandex shorts will hit. This is right at the hips, or low rise.

    Black leather belt from the thrift shop!

    Black leather belt from the thrift shop!

  2. I attached each stud individually, so if you find a belt this will save you about 2 hours and sore hands. To attach these, I didn’t do it the traditional way. I just used a press to push them into the leather so I could save time, and it would give it a more rugged look. Leave space on either end so the velcro has a place.
    Gold pyramid studs from Hobby Lobby (10/pack)

    Gold pyramid studs from Hobby Lobby (10/pack)

    All studded up!

    All studded up!

  3. Velcro the parts that touch so that you’ll have a way to close it.
    Velcro placement

    Velcro placement

    Velcroed shut

    Velcroed shut

  4. Cut a diamond shape out of cardboard and spray paint it gold.
  5. When it dries, hot glue it to the front of the belt.

    Done!!

    Done!!

 

Things I purchased and didn’t make:

 

The Makeup…

I’ll be using this tutorial 🙂

 

 

I hope this helps you guys! I’ll be wearing this for the first time at Wizard World Madison (4/8-10) and then again at Wizard World Minneapolis in May! Pictures will come soon! Please post yours if my how to helped you! 🙂

 

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About Jennifer

Happily married and living in Wisconsin. It may be as cold as Hoth, but it's beautiful in the Summer.

8 thoughts on “DIY: My Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad) Cosplay

  1. Gretchen

    Great job- love it! #missthis

    • Jennifer

      Thanks best bud!! 🙂 I’ll be adding pics of the whole thing put together after this weekend!!

  2. Mario

    Where did you the letters? What size, style, anything? Thanks for the help!

  3. whaoo!!! this is so amazing a complete cosplay costume guide of Harley Quinn, when i am starting to read your blog i was excited because i read about Harley Quinn and her costume because i love her since i watch suicide squad but slowly and gradually i become a fan of you because you have making this article is too good and get wanted me to buy this

  4. Carolyn

    Awesome tutorial! Simple, and with a great end product.
    Best one I’ve Coke across!

    • Carolyn

      Come*

    • Jennifer

      Thank you! I’m glad it helped! 🙂

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